‘It’s pathetic, we have gone mad’: Joanna Lumley says women used to be ‘tougher’ and claims it is the new fashion to be a ‘victim’ as she discusses the MeToo movement
Joanna Lumley said that women used to be ‘tougher’ and claimed it is the new ‘fashion’ for people to claim they are a ‘victim’.
The actress, 76, candidly voiced her opinions on the #MeToo movement and claimed it is ‘mad’ that people are now calling themselves ‘victims’.
Reflecting back on her early modelling days, she said women looked after themselves and were ‘tough’ back then as she spoke about sexism and harassment.
‘It’s pathetic’: Joanna Lumley said that women used to be ‘tougher’ and claimed it is the new ‘fashion’ for people to claim they are a ‘victim’
She told Prospect Magazine: ‘If someone whistled at you in the street, it didn’t matter, if someone was groping, we slapped their hands.
‘We were quite tough and looked after ourselves… the new fashion is to be a victim, a victim of something. It’s pathetic, we have gone mad.’
Joanna spent three years as a model at the beginning of her career before starting off as an actress in 1969 with an uncredited role in Some Girls Do.
She went on to star as a Bond Girl in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1967 and then landed her big break in the 70s TV series The New Avengers.
Looking back: Reflecting back on her early modelling days, Joanna (pictured in 1970) said women looked after themselves and were ‘tough’ as she spoke about sexism and harassment
Joanna then starred in Sapphire and Steel from 1979 and became a household name as Patsy Stone in beloved series Absolutely Fabulous, which kicked off in 1992.
But Joanna recently revealed that she was broke even when she became well-known as Purdey in The New Avengers.
‘Even when my name was well known, my bank balance was still in the red,’ she told The Sydney Morning Herald in July.
‘People can’t imagine that. They think with fame comes mass money, which of course it doesn’t.’
Sexism: The actress, 76, candidly voiced her opinions on the #MeToo movement and claimed it is ‘mad’ that people are now calling themselves ‘victims’
She went on to claim that the pay for actors in those days was just a few hundred pounds as she candidly discussed her money struggles.
‘In my country, the stars of the Carry On films, some of them got 200 quid for the film. And some of them ended their lives virtually as paupers,’ she said.
Elsewhere, Joanna is set to return to her guest role in Motherland next month for a much-anticipated Christmas special.
The BBC2 comedy has earned a legion of fans since it first aired in 2016, taking a comical look at the jealousies, rivalries and insecurities among a group of mothers at primary school.
Career: Joanna spent three years as a model at the beginning of her career before landing her big break in the 70s TV series The New Avengers
Despite pleas from fans, there is no word on whether a fourth season is in the works, but it has been confirmed that the cast will reunite for a one-off special featuring guest star Joanna.
After quickly becoming a fan favourite when she appeared in season three, she will be reprising her role as Felicity, Amanda’s (Lucy Punch) impossible to please mother.
The special will see the group of mothers and Kevin (Paul Ready) busy preparing for the ultimate blended Christmas celebrations.
Fame: Joanna became a household name as Patsy Stone in Absolutely Fabulous, which kicked off in 1992 (pictured with Jennifer Saunders in Absolutely Fabulous The Movie in 2016)
Struggles: But Joanna recently revealed that she was broke even when she became well-known as Purdey in The New Avengers
Liz (Diane Morgan) joins the festivities after her ex cancels their plans following a massive Christmas eve night out, letting her down on his first ever offer to host.
And things aren’t going any better for Amanda, who is spending Christmas Day with her ex Johnny (Terry Mynott), the kids and Johnny’s new wife Tamara (Louise Delamere).
Amanda’s mother Felicity (Joanna) also makes an appearance and does not shy away from reveling in the awkward atmosphere.
She’s back! Elsewhere, Joanna is set to return to her guest role in Motherland next month for a much-anticipated Christmas special
But Anne (Philippa Dunne) house is beside herself with excitement as she is hosting her mammy (Maggie McCarthy) and her 29 cousins.
Despite their enduring love-match, Meg’s (Tanya Moodie) husband Bill buys her a present so dire that it has her questioning whether he really knows her at all.
She gets stuck into the plentiful supply of booze she’s bought for the day but regrets the drunken results when something shocking happens over the road at Julia’s.
Motherland: Last Christmas airs on Friday, 23 December at 9:30PM on BBC One and iPlayer.
Exciting: The special will see Kevin (Paul Ready), Julia (Anna Maxwell Martin), Liz (Diane Morgan), Anne (Philippa Dunne), Amanda (Lucy Punch) and Meg (Tanya Moodie) all return
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